The family of Lil' Chris have released a statement remembering the late rapper/musician, who died earlier this month after suffering from depression.

The statement acknowledged the 24-year-old's mental health issues while also paying tribute to his "huge personality."

"He was a hugely creative person who used this side of his personality to make others smile, to cheer people up, and to make others feel better. If he wasn't bringing joy through music he was telling jokes or pulling pranks," it read. "He was the sunshine on a rainy day, and could make friends the minute he walked into a room, making everyone smile with his gorgeous, cheeky face.

"Chris had struggled with mental health issues and depression in recent years. He was committed to helping others find better ways of overcoming this illness and publicly said he wished to find a cure. Despite this, his concern was always his family and his friends, whose happiness was his priority."

Lil' Chris, real name Chris Hardman, first came to prominence at the age of 15 when he appeared on Channel 4's 'Rock School' series, later releasing two albums in 2006 and 2008.

He died at home on March 23rd and his funeral will be held privately, with attendees asked to wear his favourite colour, green.

If you are struggling with mental health issues or depression and need to talk to someone, the Samaritans are available 24/7 on 116 123.